The story of the law suit is true. I remember reading it in patents /
copyright class in the late 70's.
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Mike Frerichs
Sent: Thursday, November 25, 1999 12:28 AM
Subject: Re: Tool for a loved one
I was told it was the reversing lever that was the subject of the lawsuit.
had a 3/8" Craftsman ratchet made before that time that had the lever
down that I liked so well. Something wore out inside of it while I was
as a mechanic about '84-'85, and when I took it back to Sears they were
to replace it, but all their ratchets now had a dial on the back that could
used to turn the socket without moving the handle (occasionally useful) and
sort of three pointed star in the middle of the dial to reverse direction.
works, but I don't like it near as well as the lever.
A few years ago I wore out that ratchet also and took it back to Sears for
another replacement. To my delight, I found that they were back to the old
style using a lever for direction. The release button was back also, and
spinner dial was gone. Go figure.
Now if my 1/2" spinner dial type would just wear out so I could replace
Looks like it ain't going to happen though. I put about 700 ft/lbs on it
other day (with a four foot piece of pipe) to break loose a wheel hub nut,
it didn't hurt it at all.
Just my version of the hearsay.
"William M. Gilroy" wrote:
> This is from my memory and I was a child of the 70's. I think it was more
> like 15 or 20 years ago and the suit was for the feature on the ratchet
> wrenches where you pushed the button on the back of the ratchet head and
> unloaded the springs under the little balls that held the socket on the
> wrench. This allowed the socket to slide on and off real easily. This
> is from memory and not the gospel, and if I am wrong someone will correct
> Bill Gilroy